New route for Continental Divide Trail in Summit County
Summit County, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado – The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in Summit County is receiving some much need improvements, officials say. –
In 2007 and 2008, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District partnered with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance on three, two-day projects south of Webster Pass in Summit County. Volunteers constructed 1.3 miles of new trail, resulting in a single track tread on this segment of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
The route from Webster Pass had previously descended the Webster Pass Road and up the jeep road known as Radical Hill. By constructing this new trail segment that follows the divide, hikers do not have to share the route with motor vehicles. The new trail is closed to mountain bikes as these wheeled vehicles can still follow the original route.
The trail from Georgia Pass to Kokomo Pass is open to mountain bikes. The trail from Webster Pass to Greys Peak is open to hiking and horseback riding (though not recommended). –
“The new trail section offers fantastic views and a very high probability of observing mountain goats up close,” says Ken Waugh, Dillon Ranger District recreation staff officer.
In September of this year, volunteer crews will reconstruct a half mile of degraded trail on the Glacier Peak segment of the Continental Divide trail. Visit http://www.cdtrail.org to register for this project.
For more information, contact the Dillon Ranger District office at 970-468-5400.For volunteer information on the Dillon Ranger District, visit http://www.fdrd.org or call 970-262-3449.